Trail Update 2016
The Cinque Terre National Park is a gorgeous bit of land and sea crafted by men and women over the centuries. It is Italy’s smallest but most densely populated national park, with about 4,000 residents in five villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.
Over the past thousand years, generations of men and women have “changed” the natural environment by creating terracing out of the steep slopes of the hills to obtain strips of arable land called “cian”, supported by about seven thousand kilometers of dry stonewalls (the length of the Great Wall of China). The entire territory is covered with hiking trails, once used only by farmers to reach their olive groves and vineyards.
Save Vernazza invites you to discover the hidden treasures of the Cinque Terre, by walking not only the popular coastal trail (for which you need to buy the Cinque Terre Card) but lesser-known trails used by generations of locals (beautiful trails with breathtaking views of the coast always OPEN and FREE). Please see the Save Vernazza alternative trail map for our suggestions for a great hiking experience.
Many people are interested in hiking the Coastal Trail that connects the five villages when they visit the Cinque Terre National Park:
Riomaggiore – Manarola “Via dell’amore”: The first part of the Via dell’Amore (from the Manarola train station to the bar) reopened on April 3, 2015. Work on the Riomaggiore section is still in progress therefore closed to the public.
Manarola – Corniglia : CLOSED
Corniglia -Vernazza: OPEN
Vernazza – Monterosso: OPEN
These trails are subject to closure due to weather and maintenance. Use your best judgment:
- Wear appropriate footwear (NO flip flops or sandals)
- Start early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the crowds
- Never hike in rainy weather (these steep trails are potentially dangerous when wet)